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13 December 2012, 12:56
A taxi driver's been robbed by three men and a woman who dragged him out of his car and pinned him to the ground in Dunstable, Bedfordshire.
The robbery happened at around 7.30pm on Wednesday 12 December 2012 after the victim had collected the group from the taxi rank in West Street, Dunstable.
Bedfordshire Police say after driving to French's Avenue, three of the offenders got out of the vehicle and then dragged the victim from the car. The driver was then pinned to the floor as the offenders stole cash and a Blackberry XDA Orbit 1 PDA system from the cab before running off.
The three men are described as black, in their late teens, around five feet six inches tall and wearing dark hooded tops and gloves. The woman was white, of similar age, slightly taller, of slim build and wearing a light or silver coloured tracksuit top and bottoms.
Detective Sergeant Simon Hancock, who is investigating the incident, is keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the offenders prior to them getting into the taxi, or seen them in the French's Avenue area after the attack.
Initial police enquiries suggest the offenders may have returned to Bramingham Road, Luton after the incident. DS Hancock would like to hear from any other taxi or private hire drivers who may have collected the offenders in the area after the attack and taken them to Luton.
DS Hancock said: "This was a nasty assault and theft which has left the victim extremely shaken up and I would urge anyone who may have seen the incident to come forward.
"I would really like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the robbery or anyone else who may have information - however small or insignificant they think it is - that could help us. Please don't dismiss your information as unimportant - even tiny details which don't seem relevant now might become useful later on in the investigation."
Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to contact DS Hancock, in confidence, on 01582 394387, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.